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International Journal of Environmental Engineering
International Journal of Environmental Engineering


Special Issue on: "Bioremediation of Toxic Elements in Water, Soil and Sludges"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Lué-Merú Marcó Parra and Dr. Edwin A. Hernández Caraballo, Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado, Venezuela
Prof. Yung-Tse Hung, Cleveland State University, USA

The industrial approach implemented for removal of toxic elements in water, soils and sludges, in spite of its importance in a global society that is increasingly aware of the sensitivity of the environment, is a very costly enterprise. Bioremediation, in which plants and other living organisms capable of tolerating, transforming, and bio-accumulating toxic species are used for the same purpose, is becoming an attractive alternative due to their reduced complexity and lower costs. The development of bioremediation procedures involves:

i) the study of the living individuals (plants, bacteria, nematodes, etc.) under conditions of toxic contaminant chemical species;

ii) the effect of the genetic manipulation for the enhancement of the process efficiency;

iii) the immobilization of the contaminants and/or the reuse of the remediation byproducts, as could be the bio-mining among others.

The study of the bioremediation methods demands the development of analytical procedures for the determination of the toxic species in the different phases: environmental monitoring, control of the process and final byproducts. It is the aim of this issue to cover all of the mentioned aspects of the bioremediation process of toxic species, such as organic and inorganic arsenicals, mercury compounds, as well lead, tallium, cadmium, chromium, rare earths, uranium and other elements and their species.

Subject Coverage
Original research paper or reviews are invited in the following and related areas:
  • Bioremediation of toxic elements in waste water using plants, bacteria and other living organism
  • Bioremediation of soils and sludges
  • In-field applications of bioremediation
  • Development of analytical methodologies related to bioremediation studies
  • Bioremediation and chemical speciation and fractioning
  • Genetic and the enhancement of the bioremediation efficiency
  • Fate of bioremediation byproducts
  • Bio-mining
  • Toxicological studies of the elements and effects on the living individuals used for bioremediation

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission: February 28th 2011 (extended)

First turn of papers review: April 30th 2011

Second turn of papers review: June 30th 2011

Final papers submission: July 31th 2011